Coconut shell, bamboo, and dyed seed pods are cut, sanded, bleached, dyed and burned to create a lightweight brilliant and textured material to be used in my pieces. Individually fabricated frameworks in silver, copper or stainless steel or gold are made for using traditional metalsmithing techniques. I am committed to the use of materials, for their color texture and versatility. Often the material is the inspiration for the piece of jewelry being designed. In my work I draw inspiration from, ancient alphanumeric systems, contemporary architecture, and my own personal cultural history. I am intrigued with balance and proportion, and feel as if each piece must find its axis on the wearer. The work is designed to be elegant, with minimal and bold forms. My work is an exploration of form and materials, each equally important. I feel firmly rooted in the historical tradition of my craft.